Employee Engagement

LIDL UK BOSS STEPS DOWN SUDDENLY TO BE REPLACED BY 34 YEAR OLD

The boss of Lidl’s UK business has left the company after overseeing the German discount supermarket chain’s rapid rise in the country. Ronny Gottschlich has been replaced as chief executive of Lidl Great Britain by 34 year-old Christian Hartnagel. Mr Gottschlich oversaw Lidl’s expansion to more than 630 stores in the six years he spent […]

Sports Direct shareholder holds ‘trust’ talks with troubled retailer

An influential shareholder group has said that it held “constructive” talks with the board of Sports Direct following the retailer’s annual general meeting and open day on Wednesday. The Investor Forum, consisting of investors holding assets worth more than £14 trillion, said discussions centred on how “trust can be re-built in the company and board”. […]

WORKERS AT 57 BHS STORES GIVEN STAY OF EXECUTION BY ADMINISTRATORS

Thousands of BHS workers have been given a stay of execution after it emerged that the department store chain’s remaining 57 shops will be kept open longer than planned. Administrators to the retailer had put a deadline of August 20 for all outlets to close, but this has been provisionally extended to August 28, although […]

EMPLOYERS SLOW DECISIONS ON HIRING AND INVESTMENT IN WAKE OF BREXIT DECISION

Business leaders urged to invest in skills now to future-proof their businesses as evidence from employers shows some migrant workers may already be considering leaving the UK. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has resulted in a softening in employers’ hiring intentions, according to the latest CIPD/Adecco Group UK & Ireland Labour Market […]

Postal workers to be balloted on strike action over cuts and closures

Postal workers are to be balloted on strike action over job cuts, pension changes and post office closures, the Communication Workers Union says. It says about 3,500 of its members will be balloted on whether to launch industrial action. The ballot will be for staff in Crown offices, supply chain depots and administration sites across […]

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley ‘accountable’ for ‘appalling’ work conditions says MPs

MPs have delivered a damning indictment of working conditions at retail giant Sports Direct and warned they could become the norm across Britain. Founder Mike Ashley was bluntly told he was accountable for the “appalling” working conditions at the firm’s stores and its warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, with workers treated as “commodities” rather than human […]